Osgoode Strike Remediation Plan (10 March 2015) (Final Rev).pdf


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where possible, followed (recognizing that the context of this labour disruption,
given its timing, is different from the most recent 2008/2009 labour disruption).
This resumption and remediation plan is drafted in light of these considerations and
factors, and in light of the Senate Policy on the Academic Implications of Disruptions or
Cessations of University Business Due to Labour Disputes or Other Causes.
Past Practice
Our approach to this plan is guided by Osgoode’s past practice. The 2008/2009 CUPE
labour disruption at York University commenced on November 6, 2008 and ended on
January 29, 2009 (at a time significantly earlier in the academic year than this March
2015 labour disruption). On November 24, 2008, a special meeting of Osgoode Faculty
Council considered an exemption plan, which contemplated that the Osgoode J.D.
program would resume on December 1, 2008. An exemption and remediation plan was
then presented to the York Senate Executive and approved on November 25, 2008.
Further elements of the remediation plan were also subsequently developed.
2015 Resumption and Remediation Plan
Set out below is our resumption and remediation plan, including a number of specific
assumptions, factors, guiding principles and specific plans.
March 16, 2015 resumption date
This 2015 plan is designed to ensure that our J.D. students complete their academic year
by April 24, 2015 as originally scheduled. As described below, we believe that the
academic year can be completed on time if instructional activity is resumed on Monday,
March 16, 2015. In this plan, we are therefore using that date as a presumed date for
resuming Osgoode’s J.D. program. At that point, we will have lost 9 days of class time;
however, this time can be made up through the measures and assumptions described
below.
No change to original Osgoode calendar
Osgoode’s original 2014/2015 academic calendar – including dates for instruction, final
term paper due dates, exam and deferral dates – remains unchanged under this
remediation plan. It is therefore assumed that all course work will be completed no later
than April 10, 2015.
We have considered, and rejected, the possibility of compressing the examination period.
Given that so many of our courses are based on 100% final examinations or examinations
worth a very significant portion of the final grade, the examination period is already a
very stressful time for students. Moreover, many students have selected their courses
based on the original examination schedule. Thus, it is our conclusion that compressing
the examination period is not a desirable option.

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